Saturday, February 18, 2012

US$6,500 Rolex Stolen During Security Screening at FFL Found, Arrest Made

Formally, a huge thank you should go to the Broward County Sheriff's Department (FL) for recovering a US$6,500 Rolex watch airline passenger Gloria de Regalado accidentally forgot in a security bin at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Tuesday (February 14), only to have another passenger steal the watch and escape.

Under normal circumstances, the probability of a Rolex owner expecting to see their watch again might well be worse than winning the lottery, yet in reviewing surveillance camera footage in the screening area, images of the thief led Broward County deputies to a Sunny Isles Beach condominium in Miami-Dade County owned by Igor Ramos, 37. Deputies say Ramos was wearing the $6,500 watch when he opened the door Friday (February 17), at which point he was arrested, taken into custody and charged with grand larceny.

COMMENT: Fortunately, the watch has been returned to its owner, but there is a lesson to be learned in this case, which is that expensive jewelry should be safeguarded at home while traveling, given the risks of losing or forgetting such items during airport security screening. Worst-case, ensure that such valuables are covered by insurance, if they are worn.

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